Manchester, UK, has plenty of unusual tourist attractions that you might not find in official tour guides but that are well worth exploring. Here are the ones you definitely don’t want to miss while there.
Afflecks is a vibrant indoor market that has more than 60 independent businesses that range from antique shops and boutiques with vintage clothes to tattoo parlors. It is considered the prime spot to find alternative retailers in Manchester and will definitely be worth your time.
The Washhouse is one of the most unique bars you’ll ever encounter. Disguised as a laundromat, the place doesn’t allow just anyone in. You have to book a “wash” or a “spin” and come at the agreed time. Then you pick up a rotary phone and announce yourself, after which the heavy door opens, and you are welcomed in a cozy bar with personalized service and plenty of intriguing cocktails to choose from.
You don’t usually see drinks get their own statues, but the popular British soft drink Vimto has one located on the science campus of Manchester University. The statue was carved out of oak by artist Kerry Morrison to honor the drink and was installed in 1992. Since then, it has become a quirky tourist attraction thanks to its unusual story and intriguing look.